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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

by Dai Sijie

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2001, 208 pages
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    Oct 2002, 208 pages

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sdeyerle (09/11/04)

Unlike the previous reviewer, I found this to be a deep, intelligent read that should become richer with subsequent readings. Often tongue-in-cheek, yet still moving in places. Well written, well translated. This is not, however, intended for young teens, as it is likely to deep for them to truly comprehend. (There are sexual themes, though handled well.) The "romance" plot is directly intertwined with the "western books" plot, as it is important in seeing how western thought is influening the lives of these 3 young people.
Sorry the first reviewer didn't really get the book, as it was fascinating.
Thomas Given (08/27/04)

I read this book to see if it was appropriate for 14 year olds. I thought that it had too much sexual content for a young reader and that the romantic plot was given much more importance than the western books plot. In fact, they burn the books at the end of the novel. Over all a pleasant but not very deep book.
Pinky (06/02/04)

story is so very vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv interesting i like this book
Liz (06/02/04)

The story told was very interesting, but the way in which it was conveyed let it down. There was so much leading up to the climax, then such a hasty anti-climax.
17years
Amma (05/24/04)

Slightly confusing. The narrator never mentions his own name, thus making school projects a nightmare. Otherwise entriguing plot. It didn't pick up until half way through the book.
jk (03/12/04)

the book was great. it gave a wonderful look into a different world as well as making you relate with the characters. you really felt like you were experiencing thier world.
Stacy (02/23/04)

This book was very interesting and enjoyable. It was easy reading... done in three days. It kept you reading and on your toes. Some issues in the book were a bit disturbing and not enjoyable to read. Overall I enjoyed the theme that literature is everywhere even if you have to use your imagination to re tell a story.
Anonymous (01/12/04)

A powerful look at another world. A captivating story.
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